We’ve been talking a lot about the “Obama’s deep state”, or the leftovers in the federal bureaucracy waging guerilla warfare against the Trump administration.
Welcome to the “deep state” in Ecuador or how the Correa administration filled the bureaucracy with partisans loyal to him rather than a nation.
In the US, the deep state leaks and unmasks the names of citizens. In Ecuador, it manipulates votes and steals elections.
Ecuador is bitterly divided over the presidential election last Sunday. Some experts are saying that Ecuador is bucking the movement to the right that we saw in Argentina and Brazil. Frankly, I would not jump to conclusions about an election that half of the country is not accepting. There are some rough days ahead for this little country in South America.
The current score is Lenin Moreno 51%, Guillermo Lasso 49%, with 99% of the vote reported. The raw numbers are roughly 200,000 out of 4.8 to 5 million votes.
Lasso is challenging results because several exit polls had him up, one by 5-6 points.
The right is pointing out that there were serious problems with the official website counting votes, i.e. memories of 1988 Mexico when the official computer crashed.
Furthermore, violence was also reported in some provinces and it may have been related to voter suppression.
The other issue is that the right just does not trust the bureaucracy put together by incumbent President Rafeal Correa, a leftist leader who has divided the country terribly. Let’s call it “Deep state Ecuador style”.
We also learned this:
Part of the problem is the opposition’s distrust of the National Electoral Council, which it says has become an appendage of the executive in the way the electoral board in Venezuela has all but lost independence under President Nicolas Maduro, a key ally of Correa.
“We’re looking at an unprecedented situation: those behind the fraud are the judges themselves,” Lasso told foreign reporters, adding that his campaign would seek a recount once the results are certified. “We expect they’ll deny our requests but in doing so they’ll be confirming the fraud.”
Despite such heated rhetoric Lasso so far has failed to present any evidence of vote tampering except for a single voting act of 248 ballots from a rural area whose tally is says was reversed in favor of Moreno when official results were computed.
The left will probably win this one thanks to the “deep state”.
Again, it’s not what the country needs. Mr. Assange in London may be the only person in the world who feels good about this count.